DURHAM, N.H. - Senior goaltender Matt Carney (Bridgewater, Mass.) stopped 29 shots to record his first career shutout and lead the third-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night's 3-0 Hockey East victory against No. 14 University of Massachusetts-Lowell in front of a sellout crowd of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 22-6-3 overall and remained atop the Hockey East standings by improving to 14-4-3 in Hockey East. Mass-Lowell fell to 17-11-3, 9-9-3. Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power-play goal at 8:43. His centering pass from the right circle intended for Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) was inadvertently redirected into the net by a backchecking UML player. Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.), whose pass from the defensive zone hit Hemingway in the neutral zone, and Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.) were credited with assists on the tally.
In the second period, UNH extended the lead to 3-0 on goals by Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) and Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) at 6:39 and 16:56, respectively.
Saviano scored on an odd-man rush as Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) carried the puck into the zone on the left wing and centered to Saviano. He made a quick return pass to Collins, who executed a quick touch pass to the slot, where Saviano's wrist shot went into the upper-right corner. Hobey Baker Award candidate Darren Haydar (Milton, Ont.) was also credited with an assist and earned a second helper on Abbott's tally.
Abbott scored when he collected a pass from Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), circled back to center ice and rushed down the middle of the ice uncontested. His wrist shot from the slot went between the leg pads of UML goaltender Jimi St. John (24 saves).
With UNH's Patrick Foley whistled for interference at 16:23 of the third period, UML called time out. The Riverhawks fired two shots on goal during the power play but could not solve Carney.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 26 (7 p.m.) at the University of Massachusetts. UNH concludes the regular season with a home-and-home series vs. Boston College next weekend. 'Senior Night' will be celebrated March 2 with a 7 p.m. faceoff time at the Whittemore Center.